Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 28-54 The Bet: Under with confidence Rinse and repeat.
In 2013-14, the New York Knicks‘ 37-45 record could not quite fit their over/under of 49.5. Back in 2014-15, they arrived 23.5 games short of reaching their over/under of 40.5. In 2015-16, they had their over/under place at 31.5 and won 32 games. In 2016-17, their 31-51 record fell well shy of the 38.5 over/under.
Every year, Vegas provides a realistic expectation, listens because the public works itself into a frenzy about the diminished expectations for a major-market staff and then (probably) collectively laughs as its forecast either ends accurate or too optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than a single game was 2012-13, along with the roster was a bit different. So if this season break the mold?
Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is gifted. Yes, Tim Hardaway Jr. could inject more offensive firepower to the lineup. Yes, Madison Square Garden will most likely be filled with cheering fans, even if some (many?) Of these will probably be rooting on the opposition.
However, Carmelo Anthony is still on the roster, and there is no end in sight into the endless will-they-won’t-they trade saga. Frank Ntilikina ramon Sessions and Ron Baker comprise the point-guard rotation. Convincing depth exists at zero places.
Please. Do not bet on the Knicks to acquire more than 30 games.
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